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FBI Launches New Investigation of Clinton Foundation

by Countable | 1.11.18

What’s the story?

The Department of Justice has opened a new investigation into whether the Clinton Foundation engaged in "pay to play" politics during Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state.

Why does it matter?

FBI Agents from Little Rock, Arkansas – where the foundation started – have taken the lead in the investigation.

According a report in The Hill:

"Officials, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, said the probe is examining whether the Clintons promised or performed any policy favors in return for largesse to their charitable efforts or whether donors made commitments of donations in hopes of securing government outcomes."

The probe may also look into "whether any tax-exempt assets were converted for personal or political use and whether the Foundation complied with applicable tax laws."

Foundation spokesman Craig Minassian told The Hill that the probe wouldn’t distract the charity from its mission.

"Time after time, the Clinton Foundation has been subjected to politically motivated allegations, and time after time these allegations have been proven false. None of this has made us waver in our mission to help people."

The Clinton Foundation is also being investigated as part of the DOJ’s Uranium One probe.

What do you think?

Is this investigation "politically motivated"? Or are you concerned about possible “pay to play” politics regardless of party? Hit Take Action and tell your reps how – or if – this investigation should proceed. Then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

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  • John
    01/11/2018
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    Oh good, another Clinton investigation pushed by the GOP. I wonder what they missed in the first half-dozen investigations over 8-10 years. Quit stroking 45’s delicate ego & pursue the 45/Russia crimes.

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  • Donna
    01/11/2018
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    As Americans, we should always be concerned when there is some sign of impropriety by any organization with access to the highest levels of our government. We are a nation of laws and no one is above them. That includes the president, the Trump Organization and its associates. When does that investigation start? The Clintons, their foundation and the Uranium One deal have been investigated more than anything else in the last twenty years with no evidence that any laws were broken. Each attempt has only wasted taxpayer money - of which we now have less thanks to the congressional giveaway last month. Has any new information been uncovered warranting these new investigations? Unfortunately, based on comments made by DJT and his sycophants in Congress, this appears to be politically motivated which is not something that used to happen in this nation of laws. Regardless of what you think of the Clintons (I am not a fan), the use of our judicial system to punish a political opponent for merely continuing to exist IS NOT NORMAL and should not be accepted as such. This is how Putin, Dutarte, Erdogan, Assad and all other autocrats operate. The fact that our government has failed to the point of allowing such actions is more than alarming. When will the American people wake up and realize not many in our government have the best interest of the republic at heart. They are interested only in gaining more power, lining their own pockets, serving their own interests and maintaining their perceived control. This is outrageous and should make every citizen angry beyond belief.

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  • Joanne
    01/11/2018
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    No one does "pay for play" better than our sitting president. His cabinet is proof of that. These allegations against Hillary Clinton have been examined over and over again. This is a diversion of a petty man who is under investigation. The time and money of the DOJ could be better spent figuring out a way of preventing foreign actors from interfering with our future elections.

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  • Rebecca
    01/11/2018
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    The investigation of the Clinton Foundation is clearly politically motivated. The FBI’s time would be far better spent investigating Russian interference in our elections, emoluments clause violations by the Trumps, and other actual crimes.

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  • Deirdre
    01/11/2018
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    This is a continuous attack against Hillary Clinton to try and draw attention away from trump and his family collusion with Russia. How many times and how much of our tax dollars are going toward this? It is a waste of our money. And that money should be used to impeach trump.

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  • Mancos
    01/11/2018
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    Why are we wasting time and money on this when we have a President who has Mara Lago and other real estate holdings that exemplify “pay-to-play” defiantly right out in the open? The hypocrisy of the GOP is mind boggling.

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  • OlderNWiser
    01/11/2018
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    With an admitted sexual assaulter as #45 who has a history of breaking the law, exploiting employees, defaulting on debts, and has suspicious connections to Russia while daily attempting to destroy constitutional rights —of course the FBI is investigating -– the Clintons.

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  • Karen
    01/11/2018
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    Again? This is the very definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome. Stop wasting taxpayer money.

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  • Hillary
    01/11/2018
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    Shame on you. When I think of the number of people receiving medicine for HIV and AIDS from this foundation that you are trying to destroy it makes me sick and ashamed of my government. She lost the election. I don’t like what we got instead but she lost and went on with her life. Quit using her to distract from the evil happenings behind the White House doors.

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  • George
    01/11/2018
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    I can only imagine how sore a loser Trump would have been, given that he is a ridiculously sore winner. To coin a phrase my Conservative friends used to try and rouse me after the election: “He won. Get over it!”

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  • Christian
    01/11/2018
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    Will they do the same to Trump’s tax returns too?

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  • Laura
    01/11/2018
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    Of course all foundations should be audited on a regular basis. Isn’t this the IRS’s job, not the FBI’s? However, it is clear that this particular investigation is politically motivated by Trump and the GOP. The Clinton’s have been investigated for over 25 years now and not much ado about nothing has been found. Will you stop investigating them when they are dead? You need to focus on the money laundering and the business relationships between the Trumps and Russia and the Kushners and Russia and anyone within the administration and Russia.

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  • rjfreeman
    01/11/2018
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    Here we go AGAIN! The usual Trump- deflect deflect deflect. Ugh what an incredible waste of time AGAIN.

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  • CombatVeteran
    01/11/2018
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    Good! Nobody is above the law. Nobody! For those saying it's "been investigated" before, it doesn't count when the investigating agency has been found to be corrupt.

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  • Dave
    01/11/2018
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    I think all foundation, tax exempt, churches and political packs should be investigated! The people need to see how they are being miss lead by out side influences.

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  • SneakyPete
    01/11/2018
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    Should thre be a “Full Blown Investigation” of the Clinton Foundation.... By all means yes. As what has been well orchestrated and documented, it’s “Pay for Play” schemes greatly benefited the Clintons behind the scenes both before and after their administration. Of course, as we’ve seen here, we will always see attempts to divert attention away from the Clintons by accusing President Trump of Falsehoods. We are continuing in seeing the Democratic use,through their “MSM” and political surrogates, using their often employed techniques of: 1). Propaganda:,is information that is not objective and is used primarily to influence an audience and further an agenda, often by presenting facts selectively to encourage a particular synthesis or perception, 2). Misinformation: is false or incorrect information, that is spread intentionally or unintentionally. 3). Disinformation: is false information spread deliberately to deceive. 4). Distraction: That which distracts, divides the attention, or prevents concentration on the Truth/Facts. Will the Clinton Foundation Investigation Spell Hillary's Doom. I think not. Why? The Clintons legacy, whether you agree, or not, will remain cemented in the Democratic Philosophy, for time eternal. Looking back over their political careers, from being in the Arkansas Governors House to the White House and beyond. We’ve seen numerous incidents which deny understanding or clarification of being above board and legal ending up with the legal ramifications as seen by the Clinton’s and their Foundation. So YES, the Investigation needs to be considered and conducted. 1*11*18.

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  • Claude
    01/11/2018
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    Congress should investigate Trump foundation. Stop wasting money on investigating Clinton’s. This is kind of activity that dictator use

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  • Countryfirst
    01/11/2018
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    Waste of time..this has been investigated by doj..do something to help protect us from the TREASONOUS folks in the white house..starting with#45.

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  • Marylynn
    01/11/2018
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    If the FBI is going to open a case into the Clinton Foundation, then I say they need to open one on the Liar in Chief's foundation, which he's used like it's his personal check book to pay off lawsuit settlements and purchase art work of himself, for himself. Let's not forget about his hotel in D.C., which he uses to wine and dine foreigners.

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  • George
    01/11/2018
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    Republicans are extremely bent on getting the WITCH HUNT they have pined for. I used the “Well he did it first!” defense too...then I turned 8. Could you please route my portion of tax dollars wasted on this toward infrastructure?

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